The range

2014 Colebrook Road Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Julian Alcorso and John Schuts at Winemaking Tasmania

100% Coal River Valley Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes: Not lacking intensity. This is not a raspberry fruit bomb. This will certainly develop beautifully over the coming 8 years

2014 Waseca Riesling

Winemaker: Julian Alcorso at Winemaking Tasmania

This is a blend of fruit sourced from 2 prime Riesling vineyards located in the  Coal River Valleys, both markedly different in their characteristics yet blending harmoniously together.

Tasting Notes: A very attractive, 'pretty' bouquet of citrus overlays the slateyness of the palate balanced out with some damn good acid. A departure, due to vintage variation and fruit shortages, from my usual full bore all powerful total intensity beast.

 

 

 

2011 Bersenbrück Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Julian Alcorso and John Schuts at Winemaking Tasmania

 100% Wild ferment. 100% New French oak. Lots of tlc. Five different vineyards spread across Southern Tasmania contributed to this very attractive succulant wine. Only now approaching its zenith, demonstrating once again that Pinot Noir is released far too early in Tasmania

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The labels

For my labels, I wanted to combine the freshness of the old Tasmanian apple box label designs with the strongly stylised look of 1930s travel posters. Luckily, I have a friend who had worked for years in the wine and beer label design business in London and Melbourne. Firmly ignoring my requests for some bunnies to be included, Kate was able to deliver the illustration you see on the labels. All I had to do was choose colours, and yes, that will be a work in progress as I fine tune the wine offering.

With the focus on Tasmanian wine, I wanted a strong sense of place, of origin, and whilst the finished article slightly deviates from this, I do feel that I have been able to retain that sense of honouring one's origins, and this is also reflected in the brand names for each wine.

The origin of the names of the wine labels

Colebrook Road  It's where the fruit for this wine is grown.

Bersenbrück  The name of the small town in Nieder Sachsen, Germany,  where my family originates.

Waseca lies in Minnesota, where my father was brought up.

Why does good wine cost so much?

Prehaps the following may help explain one of the most commonly asked questions regarding a bottle of wine: why does this cost what it does?

Buy the land, peg out the vineyard, deep rip, install irrigation underground, install trellis, buy and plant the vines  at $1.60 each, install pumps, and electricity, install protective guards on vines, then train the vines for 3 years, as well as slashing grass in the midrows, irrigating, fertilising and supressing weeds. And you need a lot of kit too;tractors, implements, tools, stuff, and a shed; a big one!

Finally the vines are ready to produce a crop in their fourth year, so you must spray to keep mildew and disease at bay, train the vines continuously for optimum sunlight and airflow penetration, maintain good nutrition and water availability to support vine and grape development. Then you must pay to have the fruit hand-picked and for the wine to be made and bottled. After that, you pay for the bottles, labels and caps, the label design and printing, bar codes, labelling and cartoning. Next comes storage, licence fees, insurance and grape levies. And then, more storage; say 12-18 months.

Now you have your wine ready to sell, nearly 5 years after making that initial investment. You sell direct or perhaps via a distributor who must then add his own margin. And 39% of the price of a bottle of wine you buy off the shelf is federal taxes. This little story, my friends, is why wine costs what it does.

So please stop complaining folks. There are no winners in the race to the bottom.